We are transforming medical education with our new Curriculum for the 21st Century — known as “C21.” This patient-centered and learner-centered curriculum integrates classroom knowledge with clinical experience and team-based assignments. The goal is to provide students with flexibility in their educational experience, while developing the communication and cultural competency skills they will need to practice medicine in the 21st century.
C21 is a model of medical education based on a spiral curriculum, or pillars, where learning wraps around and builds upon specific areas of medicine. The pillar concept aids students in making connections between the increasingly complicated mechanisms of disease and clinical concepts. This fosters student knowledge through the study of the scientific underpinnings of a disease, as well as through direct patient care.
Atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and tuberculosis are currently the focus of C21 education. Students see patients beginning the first week of medical school and follow many of these same patients throughout their four years of study. It’s an innovative approach that allows students to better connect mechanisms of disease to the care and treatment of patients.